Author Archive for Ted Scheinman

Arts Roundup: ‘John Waters, Bettye LaVette, and Updike’ Edition

Morning, readers.
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*NPR lavishes much-deserved attention on Jeff Campbell, the man behind D.C.'s Hungry for Music, which supplies underprivileged kids with used instruments.
*The D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities today announced the audition schedule for the 2010-11 American Youth Chorus.
*In the Post, Jonathan Yardley [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘When Foxes Attack’ Edition

Morning, readers.
*John Prine gets a lot of love on a new star-packed tribute record called Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. Conor Oberst, Deer Tick, My Morning Jacket, and the DBT are all, apparently, implicated. Sounds like a recipe for awesome. (Via Pitchfork, which also has the track listing.)
*The Independent zings the [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Punctuated Consistency’ Edition

Morning, readers.
*À propos of EVERYTHING, here's Anthony Burgess on the Beatles, the Youth, and the dangers of trusting "pop prophets." (Keep an eye out for Zappa in the last frame):
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*The New York Times asks, and Christopher Hitchens responds to, questions about 1) memoir vs. [...]

Tonight: Theatre Lab’s Bard-a-Thon & Benefit feat. Carol Schwartz, Trey Graham, and…Me!

Tonight, and with apologies to Jimmy Scott, I'll be joining the Washington Post's Jane Horwitz and Sarah Kaufman on the judging panel at the 2010 Bard-a-Thon. The event, part of Theatre Lab's "Send a Kid to Theatre Camp" benefit, features local media types performing scenes from Shakespeare.
But not in doublets!
"Everyone will be performing in their [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Hendrix & Handel’ Edition

Morning, readers.
*Yesterday, Mike West reported on the death at 90 of bop pianist Hank Jones (right). Below the jump, find a lilting little rendition of "Willow Weep for Me."
*The 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death has supplied us with a) a lot of excitement over B-sides and b) further evidence that Hendrix remains better appreciated [...]

D.C. Theaters Protest Proposed Council Tax, Look to Yogis for Lessons in Civil Disobedience

The D.C. Theater Scene (no, not that one) was rocked—rocked!—this week with news of a proposed tax on theaters to help with the city's fiscal woes. Yesterday, Helen Hayes President & CEO Linda Grossman filed a letter with the D.C. Council protesting the move and proposing a hearing where the theater community might voice its [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Cannes I Kick It?’ Edition

Yes, I can!
Morning, readers.
*The 2010 Palme d'Or scramble begins tomorrow! Briefly noted: The Telegraph reestablishes that, yes, it still is "the greatest film festival of them all"; Will the volcano keep the Entourage boys from the Riviera?; Kate Beckinsale & Benicio del Toro among the judges, with Tim Burton presiding; the Wall Street Journal picks [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Stranded in Dusseldorf’ Edition

Morning, readers.
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*Above, please witness a throwback music video courtesy of Exit Clov, whose new record, Memento Mori, has been making waves. (This one's a favorite of mine back from '07-'08. It's all about mind control! And the Picardy third.) To download the group's Morrissey [...]

Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher: A Q&A with Pulp Satirist Monica Nolan

When volumes of erotica land on our book review shelf, there are a couple of options: 1) find the most ungainly sex scenes, excerpt them, and move on; 2) scoff at the salacious cover, pretend to recycle it, and then retrieve it when no one's around (I'm looking at you, J.L. [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Gandhi Got Freaky’ Edition

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Morning, readers! Short roundup today while your tireless City Paper arts staff slaves on the forthcoming 24th annual D.C. International Film Festival spread. It's gonna be off the chain! Keep an eye out for any and all blurbs by a certain J.L. Fischer. I [...]